When his cellphone buzzed at 7:27 pm final Monday, one of many final issues Rajat Dangre anticipated to see was a message from the federal government saying his 13-year-old son with disabilities had obtained his COVID-19 shot. Because, at the very least formally, India is but to start vaccinating these below 18.
But the message was exhausting to misinterpret: Thirteen-year-old Vedant Dangre, who lives within the Housing Board Colony of Tila Jamalpura in Bhopal, had been vaccinated. His age within the message – 56.
“On 21st (June), at 7.27 pm, I received a message saying Vedant is vaccinated. He is just 13 years old. I tried to raise a complaint but it was of no use. When I downloaded the certificate using the link, I was shocked to find out they have used his documents which I submitted a few days back to the Municipal corporation for his pension (as a person with special needs),” Rajat Dangre mentioned.
Madhya Pradesh set a nationwide report on June 21 by administering 17.42 Lakh COVID-19 vaccines however now, an growing variety of “beneficiaries” within the state are popping out with allegations that they obtained vaccination certificates with out getting even a single dose of the vaccine.
On the identical day as Vedant, Chainendra Pandey from Satna, obtained three messages inside 5 minutes saying three folks he didn’t know – Katikram, Kalindri and Chandan – had been vaccinated. Shocked and confused, Chainendra failed to grasp why he obtained the messages.
“Three messages within five minutes. Just the name is different. I have not got any vaccine to date,” the 52-year-old advised India07.
Nuzhat Salim, 46, who lives in PGBT College Road in Bhopal, additionally acquired the message of getting the vaccine on June 21. She just isn’t a pensioner however pension paperwork are recorded as proof of her id.
“I got a message on 21st night at 10:57 that ‘you have got the vaccine’ while I am not vaccinated yet, I am worried about how I will get the vaccine now,” she mentioned.
Around 300 km away in Ratlam, tax advisor Prem Pandya had the same conundrum. He booked a vaccination slot however was unable to maintain the date. However, that didn’t maintain him from getting a message on the identical day saying he had acquired the vaccine.
“Message came at 4 pm that you have got the vaccine even though I did not go. How did I get the vaccine? I wrote about it on Facebook. Then the next day, I got a call saying please come and that is how I got the vaccine,” he mentioned.
When requested in regards to the anomalies, the federal government’s official response was dismissive. “There is no such problem. I don’t know from where you got the information. I am hearing this for the first time. If anything comes up, we will get it investigated,” Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang advised India07.
The opposition Congress occasion, nonetheless, slammed the federal government and mentioned the instances clearly confirmed how the information was being fudged to assert credit score for record-breaking vaccinations.
“New figures are coming out every day. The vaccine was given to a 13-year-old child and a dead person. Forty-seven villages in Betul did not get the vaccine. This vaccine record is nothing but a PR gimmick,” Congress spokesperson Narendra Saluja mentioned.
Since the BJP-led central authorities rolled out its new vaccination coverage, taking again management of shopping for and giving out doses on June 21, BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh has been registering record-breaking vaccination numbers.
On twenty first, Madhya Pradesh mentioned it had vaccinated 17.42 lakh folks. On the twenty third, it was 11.43 lakh, on twenty fourth it was 7.05 lakh, and on twenty sixth, it was 9.64 lakh.
This was a dramatic surge from the times previous when the state registered simply 4,098 vaccinations on June 20, 24,700 on June 19 and solely 11,742 on June 18.
As the Congress raised questions on why the numbers shrunk earlier than the relaunched vaccination drive, the federal government responded by saying that they solely vaccinate on Monday, Wednesday via Thursday and Saturday.
Tuesdays and Fridays are reserved for different immunization drives and on Sunday there aren’t any vaccinations at authorities centres, they mentioned. That argument, nonetheless, fails to clarify the low numbers for Saturday.